The weekend of August 10-12, you'll want to celebrate this 'favorite crustacean' with the locals in Key West, Florida. It's Lobster Fest, where you can catch live music, street fairs, and, of course, lobster in all forms. Participate in the "Duval Crawl," the kick-off event, where for $18, you get a souvenir t-shirt, lanyard and drink specials at participating bars.
Now showing through August 12: Summer Nights at Orlando's SeaWorld! Who knew Shamu rocked out every night to high energy rock music, accompanied by live musicians and dancers? See Shamu and his aerial tricks along with Clyde and Seamore the sea lions in their hilarious comedy routine. Fireworks finale!
It's the 25th anniversary of Reggae on the Rocks, held outside of Denver, Colorado at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This year's audience will see legends such as Burning Spear, along with new artists. Sit back and enjoy the music and gorgeous scenery at this naturally formed geological wonder.
Catch some waves, or just leave that to the pros at the U.S. Open of Surfing Championship in Huntington Beach, California, through August 5. Male and female world tour competitors take the stage in early morning hours, then sign autographs during the day. Various musical artists provide great entertainment throughout the week.
Memphis, Tennessee, the home of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, will be packed with fans August 10-18, celebrating this icon's life and music. Hit the block party downtown, pick up a bobble-head, watch video and music at the commemorative ballgame, see Elvis impersonators, attend the Music Fest . . . it goes on and on.
August 27 marks the beginning of the US Open Tennis Tournament in Flushing Meadows, NY, a prestigious top tennis event, the 4th and final jewel in the Grand Slam crown. Dating back to 1881, this famous tournament draws fans in to see the top players in the finals take home prize money of over a million dollars each.
August 13-21 is Race Week in Nantucket, MA drawing in sailing enthusiasts of all skill levels and boats of all sizes. Parties are happening all week, along with silent auctions, raffles and great prizes. It all benefits Nantucket Community Sailing, a non-profit group that helps make sailing and water sports affordable for the public.
The Summer Olympics are underway in London, England, with the whole world watching and cheering on their favorite athletes through August 12 at this most important sporting event. Catch a part of history watching today's youth in this city of old. Events take place throughout the region, with the main track and field events taking place in the Millenium Dome, hosting 2,000 athletes competing in 47 events.
On the shores of Lake Michigan, in Chicago, Illinois, the Chicago Air and Water Show has been happening since 1959, with crowds now exceeding over 2,000,000 for this free annual event. Watch civilian and military pilots perform daredevil stunts while free-style water skiing and boat-jumping thrill. It's the oldest and largest show of its kind: August 18-19.
Started in 2004, the Edinburgh Art Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland promises to have its most ambitious event yet, with over 45 city-wide exhibitions held at various galleries (most are free) and new public commissioned works being shown. Representing international artists, this is a visual arts exhibition not to be missed.
A native of Oklahoma, by way of New Mexico and now Utah, Jennifer Boren makes her home in Salt Lake City. A total lover of Park City, she spends many weekends there, especially in the summer for all the outdoor activities. A thrill this past summer was seeing the cyclists in the Tour of Utah cross the finish line right on the historic Main Street.
A former professional ballet dancer, she now teaches at the University of Utah and another local studio and enjoys seeing Ballet West performances. Her son is also a professional dancer.